WHIT: Classics in a World of Chic Make-Believe

The WHIT fall 2011 collection, which was set against artwork in a Chelsea gallery, possessed a colorful sweetness worthy of Miss Havisham's preppy sister.

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The WHIT fall 2011 collection was set against artwork in a Chelsea gallery space and had a colorful sweetness worthy of Miss Havisham's preppy sister. A ladylike shift with a dot print shows just a bit of a dark side with a twisted bodice and serious colors.
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"It's a little bit Hitchcock themed and it's a little bit like playing dress-up in your grandmother's closet, like reinterpreting these classics in your own way," explained designer Whitney Pozgay.
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"My friend hand-painted the birds for us and we made it into a print," said Pozgay, who was actually wearing this same dress. The print seemed to have a distinctly Miu Miu-inspired appeal.
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There was a sense of derring-do to looks styled around the more serious pieces, keeping WHIT's signature stitched throughout the wool blazers and day dresses of the collection.
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The designer has previously confessed to us that she has an addiction to stripes, and they popped up in subtle places -- paired here with a crystal necklace and leather cropped pants.
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The dot print cropped up again on a skirt whose fabric pooled at the hemline. And what about the glasses? Pozgay said, "Some are vintage and some are my stylist's grandmother's and one pair is the model's own. We just told her to keep them on -- so cute!"
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We loved the juxtaposition of a heavy winter coat and a soft, washed-out floral top.
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Punchy styling shone through in blush-colored satin shorts, paired with a lemon-yellow T-shirt, a boyish pea coat, and thigh-high woolen socks.
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WHIT's trouser of choice was a paperbag-waist silhouette with a slim, tapered leg on richly thick charcoal wool.
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More stripes! This time, under a camel wrap jumper that seems simultaneously cozy and sophisticated.
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The dress-up-trunk aesthetic most directly translated into a retro-glam metallic cocktail dress, paired with a fur shrug and gold lame opera gloves.
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A sweet bow blouse softens a smart suit.
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Birds met stripes in a symphony of mixed-and-matched beige silk and jersey, with a pop of cobalt blue.
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